You’re invited!

Please join us on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. in Sursa Hall for our Spring Concert and Silent Auction.  Performing will be our Suzuki Class for 5- and 6-year-olds, Prelude Orchestra, Intermezzo Orchestra, Chamber Program, and Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Graduating senior Emily West, the Leonard Atherton Concerto Competition Winner, will be performing Claude Debussy’s Danse Sacrée for Harp and String Orchestra.



Invitation design:  Mary Fernung and McCormack Printing Impressions, Inc.

Student Profile: Meet Giselle

Name: Giselle

Age: 18

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI Program: Youth Symphony Orchestra

Number of Years Playing: Ten Years

Number of Years in the YSO: Four years

Favorite Part about Playing the Violin: Being a part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra, because she likes the group aspect and being a part of something bigger.

Lessons learned from the YSO: Giselle appreciates the several types of music the YSO has offered, as well as the opportunity to play with people of different ages and performing at a variety of venues.

As a graduating high school senior, Giselle’s advice to her younger peers involved in the Youth Symphony is to always try new things, like instruments and musical styles. Giselle said, “the more interested I am in a subject, the better I am at it,” as she explained her idea that interest and curiosity fuel success as a musician.

Student Profile: Meet Kenna

Kenna (6)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki Prelude

Favorite color: Turquoise

School: Homeschool

Do you have siblings?: Two younger sisters

Favorite part of YSOECI: Getting her Bow Hold Buddy off this semester

Favorite songs: She likes to play faster songs and dance to slower songs

Student Profile: Meet Selah


Selah (5)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki Prelude

Favorite color: Orange

School: Homeschool

Family/ Siblings: Both a younger and older sister

Favorite part of YSOECI: Playing music games in class

Favorite part of playing the violin: How the violin sounds

Student Profile: Meet Madelyn

Madelyn (10)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI Program: Advanced Prelude/Music Fundamentals Class

Length of time playing: one and a half years

Favorite part of playing the violin: How pretty it sounds

Favorite part of YSOECI: It’s a lot of fun!

Siblings: One younger sister

Favorite Color: Pink

Hobbies: Dancing

Favorite type/genre of music: She loves all kinds of music!

Student Profile: Meet Samuel

Samuel (6)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki Prelude

School: Pleasant View Elementary

Grade: Kindergarten

Favorite part of YSOECI: Playing in the performances

Favorite part of class: Playing musical games

Favorite Color(s): Blue and gold

Favorite things to do: Have family game and movie nights!

YSO Students to Play in Indiana All State Orchestra

Congratulations to Grace West and Emily West, our two Youth Symphony members who will be playing in the Indiana All State Orchestra in Ft. Wayne this weekend! Grace is concertmaster of the Youth Symphony. Both Emily and Grace are in their fourth year of playing in YSO.

YSOECI featured in Indiana Public Radio story

Thanks to Indiana Public Radio and reporter Henry Davis for sharing the news about our mission:

Community Youth Orchestra Keeps Strings Instruments Alive Locally

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By Henry Davis | Published on

For students who play instruments, marching band and jazz band are popular offerings at high schools around the country.  But school orchestras are fewer in number.  That’s where locally organized groups, like the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana, come in.  As part of a Ball State University class focused on arts journalism, reporter Henry Davis gives us a look inside.

The Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana gives students in Muncie, and across the state, the opportunity to learn strings instruments at different levels.

“We want to educate and inspire children of all ages, elementary through high school to learn about music and to love music,” executive director Tiffany Arnold says.

The orchestra provides classes for students at three different levels: Prelude for beginners, Intermezzo for intermediates and Youth Symphony for advanced students.  Any student between the ages of 5 and 18 can join any of the three levels, based on his/her skill level.

“The Youth Symphony very much wants to reach all children of the community, not just children who already play musical instruments. We want to reach students who have never played, but would love to play,” Arnold says.

The orchestra performs regularly at Ball State and this year had the opportunity to perform at Cornerstone Center for the Arts for the first time.

Ball State assistant professor by day and Youth Symphony Director by night, Matthew Spieker spends his Monday evenings teaching the orchestras new songs.

“In this community, this is, like, vital to the area.  At other places I’ve been, they had really strong school programs.  It wasn’t so necessary to have a youth orchestra because the schools actually had them,” he says.  “In this community, that’s not an issue.  So, I feel like what’s really neat about what we’re doing is we’re actually providing something that other people aren’t.

Emily West is a home-schooled senior in high school and has played the harp in the orchestra for the past four years.

“I think, the most important thing is sharing with other people,” West says. “You’re sharing music, but you can also learn to share other areas of your life by giving to the community.”